Massena's riverfront was once filled with tourists and was a source of pride for the community. City officials want to bring those days back. Matt Jarchow tells us about the latest study, done with the help of North Country college students, that could give leaders the answers they're looking for.
MASSENA, N.Y. -- A weir once made Massena's riverfront a destination and an asset to the town.
"It allowed for people to pretty much navigate the river for recreation and such," Mayor James Hidy said. "We wanted to bring that back to fruition again."
Hidy called on Clarkson University students for help. After a year long study, they revealed their ideas.
"We didn't recommend the weir at this time," student researcher Jacob Misch said. "But we did recommend a beautification program for Massena and implementation of a few alternative concepts we thought of."
Concepts that included a natural playground, fish hatchery, and a business incubator. Projects like the Massena waterfront revitalization give municipalities the information they need while also giving college students the real world experience they desire."
"The students went on a path where the information led them," Project Lead Faculty Consultant Marshall Issen said. "And from that all of them grew significantly as researchers and as students that are engaged in the local community, which is always neat."
Mayor Hidy estimates the Massena study saved the village thousands of dollars. And came without the sacrifice of effective research.
"We get the services of some bright young students that are mentored very well," Hidy said. "It's a win-win for the North Country to take advantage of what the Universities have to offer."
"It's wonderful," Misch said. "We were worried all along about what everybody was going to think about what we finally recommended. And to hear that this had such a great effect was just fantastic."
Their work could one day have a lasting impact on Massena's riverfront.